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RIGHTLY GUIDED CALIPHS

RIGHTLY GUIDED CALIPHS. Sunni Muslims see the first four successors of the Prophet as caliphs who were "rightly guided" or "following the right path," and refer to them by the appellation al-khulafd' al-rashidun. (Shi'is in general reject the legitimacy of the first three successors.) The usage was adopted from the dominant Sunni tradition by modern writers, and consequently the period between the death of the Prophet and the accession of the Umayyad dynasty in 661 CE is often referred to as tha ...more

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